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Valentine’s Day Dates

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Think you have to be rich to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wrong. Valentine’s Day, like other holidays, doesn’t have to break the bank. No matter what your budget is, there are always ways to celebrate. The big day is only one week away, so if you don’t have something planned, I have a few inexpensive suggestions for you.

1. Cook Dinner

You can surprise him/her with a homemade dinner, or make it a duo activity and pick out your meal together, go shopping to get the ingredients, and spend some kitchen time together while your favorite music plays in the background. Or, maybe one of you will focus on the meal while the other focuses on the dessert. Don’t forget to light the candles for the mood!

Romantic Cute Dinner For Two Valentine's Day

Photo © Creative Cooking With Muriel

2. Have A Picnic

You can still have a picnic even if it’s cold outside. Just bundle up with some scarves and mittens, bring a cozy blanket, and find a spot in a park or beside a lake. Snack on fruit, cheese, crackers, and of course, chocolate. When it gets too cold for comfort, head back home and warm up inside with some cocoa!

Winter Outdoor Picnic In The Snow Valentine's Day

Photo © Juliet Is The Sun

3. Enjoy The Waves

Pick up some dessert and enjoy it by the beach as the waves crash in. Be sure to get there before sunset for a romantic view. End it with a stroll in the sand.

Valentine's Day Sunset Beach Waves Dinner Dessert Candles Romantic

Photo © Five Star Beach Properties

4. Rent A Hot Tub

In some towns, you can rent a private hot tub by the hour for pretty affordable prices. Grab your bathing suits and some towels and spend the night relaxing in hot water. Afterward, grab drinks or a late dinner.

Happy Couple On Valentine's Date In Hot Tub

Photo © Best Hot Tubs and Spas

5. Go Out

Downtown or near campus there are always places with fun events like dancing, karaoke, ice-skating or other holiday-themed events. Check your local paper or Craigslist – you’re bound to find something!

Karaoke Couple Singing Valentine's Day Date

Photo © Men’s Fitness

6. Try Something New

Get takeout at that new restaurant you always drive or walk by, rent a couple new movies, take it all back to your place and veg out. Afterward, venture out for dessert or create something on your own with what you already have in the cupboards. Anything new is bound to be exciting and make for a memorable night.

New Restaurant Choice Valentine's Day Date Dinner

Photo © South Pacific Hotel

Just remember to enjoy the day and the rest will come naturally. Get creative and have fun! What are some Valentine’s Day date ideas you have? Leave them in the comments below!

 

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3 Budget-Friendly DIY Valentine’s Gifts

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Oh, you want me to pay $45 for flowers that cost only $20 yesterday? Yep, it sounds like it’s Valentine’s Day!

We all know that the prices of the typical v-day gifts such as roses and chocolates double or even triple the week of February 14th, and yet some of us still go out and pay these crazy prices. Well I’ll give you some do-it-yourself gifts ideas that are not only much more sensible in terms of price but are also a lot more thoughtful than any store-bought gift.

1. Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You could find about a dozen of these at most stores for about $30 (if not more), but honestly it’s just strawberries dipped in chocolate. You could make more than a dozen of these just from getting strawberries and a chocolate bar. Wash the strawberries first and break up the chocolate bar into a small pot filled with a little bit of hot water. The chocolate will melt nicely and become perfect for dipping the strawberries into. Place the chocolate-dipped strawberries on to a baking sheet and then place them into the fridge to harden. Get creative and use other fruits to do this with – such as apples or bananas. This delicious treat is fun and romantic to share with your Valentine.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Photo © 1-800 Flowers

2. Scrapbook

All you need is some scrap booking paper (or even just colored card stock), some ribbon to tie the pages together, and photos of you and your Valentine. This can be a very thoughtful and creative gift to add that sentimental and personal value needed on Valentine’s Day to put a smile on your partner’s face.

DIY Valentine's Day Couple Love Scrapbook Craft

Photo © Paper Laces

3. Heart-Shaped Food

Making a meal for someone can be so gratifying – especially if they are someone special. Make your Valentine some morning pancakes, afternoon sandwiches, or dessert cookies. Whatever you make – shape them into cute hearts! You could use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or free-hand. It’s a simple idea that’s great for your budget and one sweet gift!

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Chip Pancakes Strawberries Valentine's Day Breakfast

Photo © Very Best Baking

Put your own special touch to any of these ideas and I assure you that your Valentine will be just as happy (if not more so) with a home-made gift made with love.

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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SMART Resolutions

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Cameron Tranchemontagne Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If you’re like the vast majority of people who make New Year’s resolutions, you probably don’t follow through with them very often; or at least for more than a few months. I am certainly guilty of this and gave up making resolutions all together. Then I started making SMART goals that have given me a specific clear vision of what I want to accomplish and how I will do it.

“SMART” is an acronym for “specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound” requirements that can help you format a realistic goal:

1. Specific Goals

There are five questions you must ask yourself to create a specific goal. You need to ask what your goal is and why you are making this goal; what is it you want to achieve? Who else is involved that contributes to the problem or to the solution? Where and when specifically will this goal be accomplished? Is anything holding you back from achieving this? What can help you achieve it?

Specific Fitness Goals For New Year

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2. Measurable Goals

Use quantitative amounts. Rather than saying, “I want to lose weight,” identify an exact number you want to lose and you can even go further by identifying the specific amount of time you want to use to accomplish that goal. For example, “I want to lose 10 pounds by 3 months.”

Eating Healthy Diet New Years Resolution Goal

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3. Attainable Goals

Set a realistic goal and figure out how to reach it. If you want to “be able to bench press 350lbs in 2 weeks,” but you currently only bench 150 and you only workout once in a blue moon, that is not a realistic goal to have. Make sure you are capable to complete the goal you set and get a second opinion on it from someone who is able to give constructive criticism.

Quitting smoking new years resolution

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4. Relevant Goals

Have a goal that actually matters. Is this goal worth your time and effort? Will it improve your life? Will others support or benefit from this goal? The more relevant this goal is to your life, the more motivation you will have to accomplish it.

Group of Friends New Year Resolution

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5. Time-Bound Goals

Make a time limit for your goal like a deadline for an essay. This can help you track your progress and make it easier to take advantage of your down time. Instead of sitting on the couch watching TV, you’ll more likely be working towards your goal.

Reach goals time setting resolution

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The beauty of the “SMART” criteria is that it is universally applicable to any goal. No matter what your resolution is, shape it around SMART to help you achieve it.

Good Luck!

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Don’t Break It: Sticking To Your Resolutions

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Even if they don’t admit it, everyone has some sort of New Year’s resolution! Every year is a fresh start and the idea of a life refresh button is something everyone is happy about. The biggest issue with resolutions is sticking to them! Here are a few tips that I used last year for my resolution and I actually accomplished my goal! My goal was to lose 30 pounds, and I did that plus a little more by following these tips! These may not work for everyone, but it’s a good place to start!

1. Tell People About Your Goal

Accountability is something that almost always works, because we don’t want others to know if we fail! The more people that know about your goal, the better. I was embarrassed about admitting I needed to lose weight, but I posted it on Facebook anyway because that was a solid 1,000+ people that would be aware of what my goal was for the year. Not to mention the love and support I got from everyone throughout my weight loss made me feel amazing!

Facebook New Year's Resolution Post

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2. Self- Motivation Cards & Posters

This isn’t something I do just for a resolution, I have these for when I’m feeling sad, anxious, or mad – but it definitely worked during my weight loss challenges. I put together for myself little note card booklets with uplifting, inspiring, and motivating quotes that I look through when I feel down! This helps when you don’t have someone else there to motivate you, and it helps to clear your head of the negative energy we put on ourselves!

Self-motivation poster

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3. Recruit A Friend

If there is someone you know that you think would want to make the resolution with you, that will help you! Especially if you’re doing something like losing weight, eating healthier, quitting smoking, etc. It’s great to have someone go through the struggle with you, so you don’t feel alone! It’s also great to have someone who can be constant motivation for you!

Work Out Buddy Motivation Partner

Photo © The Shoulder Guy

I hope these can help you accomplish any goal you have set for yourself and this New Year! Just keep reminding yourself why you set the goal in the first place, and that can be such a great motivation in itself!

Happy New Year!

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New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

It’s time to ring in a new year! But this year, instead of making a resolution we both know you won’t keep, try something different. The suggestions I have for you below are all easy and will definitely make you feel better, unlike the letdown that comes with knowing you couldn’t keep a resolution, such as cutting out junk food altogether, or getting to the gym for an hour each day!

1. Stress Less

If I had a penny for every time someone said they were stressed out, I could afford my own tropical vacation. Make a list of every stressor, then make another list of ways to combat it. It could be going for a walk, writing in a journal, calling a friend, dancing to music, etc. Whenever you find yourself getting too caught up in your worries, take a deep breath and bring yourself back to the present moment.

Yoga and Stress Relief

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2. Drink More

No, not at parties! I’m talking about water! Did you know the daily drinking water requirement per person is 2-4 liters? Getting enough water has numerous benefits, including making you less tired during the day and giving you more energy. So if one of your personal New Year resolutions is to lose weight, drinking a glass or two of water instead of eating when you feel hungry can help you achieve that.

Drinking Water

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3. Be Encouraging…

And be vocal about it! It’s a popular theory that the more we vocalize encouraging words to others, the higher feeling of endorphins we feel ourselves, thus making us feel better. This year, make it a point to congratulate your friends when they snag a great job, get a promotion, or just conquer a big day. They’ll feel great and you’ll feel great in return! It’s a win-win!

Encouraging friends hand shaking

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4. Say ‘Yes’ Instead of No

I once told a person I admired that I wanted the same amazing opportunities she had. Her answer? “Just say yes to everything!” The advice has given me amazing experiences! This year, even though it might be easier to stay in under the comfort of your house in front of the TV, whenever someone invites you out, say yes! You never know what the excursion will lead you to.

Saying Yes Happy Fun

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What resolutions do you have for 2014? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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